Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 September 2022), September 1800, trial of JOHN SAWYER (t18000917-54).

JOHN SAWYER, Theft > theft from a specified place, 17th September 1800.

641. JOHN SAWYER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of July , two sheets, value 25s. the property of William Mountain , from a lodging-room .

Second Count. Laying it not to be a lodging-room.

WILLIAM MOUNTAIN sworn. - I keep the White-horse-inn, in Friday-street : On Wednesday the 23d of July, the prisoner came to my house, ordered a supper, and a bottle of port; he asked for a bed, and came down in the morning about half past nine o'clock.

Q.Did he pay for his bed? - A. He did, one shilling; he said, he wished the bed to be kept for him, for he should be back that night; he then went away, and in about twenty minutes the sheets were missing; I saw the sheets again at Guildhall on the 25th, and I saw the prisoner the same day, before I saw the sheets; they had my mark upon them.

THOMAS NELSON sworn. - I am a pawnbroker's servant, (produces a pair of sheets); I took them in of the prisoner at the bar, on the 24th of July last; I knew him by sight some years ago.

WILLIAM KIMBER sworn. - I am a constable: I apprehended the prisoner on the 25th upon another charge; when I searched him, I found in his breeches four duplicates, one of which applied to this property.

Prosecutor. those are my sheets, they have my mark upon them.

Prisoner's defence. I have nothing to say.

GUILTY (Aged 28.)

On the Second Count.

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.